President Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to kick off a nine-day international tour that will also take him to Israel and Europe.
“In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,” Trump travel tweeted after landing on his first abroad as President. “Look forward to the afternoon and evening ahead of us.”
In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Looking forward to the afternoon and evening. #POTUSAbroad pic.twitter.com/JJOra0KfyR
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) may 20, 2017
Trump is the only American President to visit Saudi Arabia or any Muslim-majority country. His goal is to show, in relation to the region after months of fierce anti-Muslim rhetoric, in the midst of his administration.
Trump flew to Riyadh-overnight on Air Force One. He was welcomed at the airport with an elaborate ceremony, interrupted by a military flyover and a pressure of the hand of Saudi king Salman.
Melania Trump, wore a black Trouser suit with a Golden belt and not cover their head at the time of arrival, in accordance with custom for foreign carriers to visit in Saudi-Arabia. In 2015, her husband had, in a tweet, the former first lady criticized Michelle Obama for wearing a headscarf during a visit to the Kingdom.
The President of the attack in Saudi Arabia, is launching an ambitious international debut. After two days of meetings in Riyadh, Trump will travel to Israel, have an audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican, and meeting with allies at the NATO summit in Brussels and the group of 7 wealthy Nations in Sicily.
As he is the President waved from the door of Air Force One, and then the stairs rose arrived, down came the first lady.
The 81-year-old king, who uses a cane for support, which was brought to the steps of the plane, on a golf cart. The two leaders exchanged pleasantries, and Trump said it was “a great honour” to be there.
Several jets flew then to expenses and leave a red, white, and blue way.
Saudi Arabia has offered the trump card of the lavish welcome of his two-day stay. Posters with images of Trump and the king dotted highways, Riad, decorated with the motto “Together we will win.”
Trump’s luxury hotel, it was lights bathed in red, white and blue, and a picture of the president’s face.
Trump and the king met briefly in the airport terminal, a coffee ceremony, before the President went to his hotel, before the day of the meet.
White house chief of staff Reince Priebus told reporters on Air Force One, Trump spent the flight meeting with staff, is working on his upcoming speech to the Muslim world and a little bit of sleep.
White house officials hope that the trip to Trumpf offers the opportunity to recalibrate after one of the most difficult stretches of his young presidency. The White house bungled badly, the President’s stunning dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, who is monitoring the Federal investigation into possible connections between Trump’s campaign, and Russia. On Wednesday, the Ministry of justice gave, to mention calls from Democrats, special counsel, tapping former FBI chief Robert Mueller will lead the probe.
In a sweetener for Saudi Arabia, U.S. officials said, the Trump-government plans to announce $110 billion in advanced military equipment, distribution and training services to the Kingdom during the journey. The package includes tanks, warships, missile defense systems, radar and communication, and Cyber-technology.
After meeting much of Saturday with king Salman and other members of the Royal family Trump was the Palace at the end of the day, at a Banquet on the Murabba. On Sunday, he will be in meetings with more than 50 Arab and Muslim leaders in Riyadh to converge to a regional summit focused largely on the fight against the Islamic state and other extremist groups.
Trump dodged a potential land mine if the President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, the accused has been on war crimes and genocide, announced that he would not attend the conference due to personal reasons.
The heart of Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia summit in a speech on Sunday to the Arab-Muslim-American. White House aides view the address as a counter to Obama’s 2009 speech to the Muslim world, the Trump criticised for being too apologetic to US actions in the region.
Trump is calling for unity in the fight against radicalism in the Muslim world, casting the challenge as a “struggle between good and evil,” and the Arab leaders to “drive called out to the terrorists and their places of worship,” according to a draft of the speech by The Associated Press. The draft does not, in particular, not to mention democracy and human rights topics, see the Arab leaders as often as US-moralizing — to the benefit of the limited objectives of peace and stability.
It is also on some of the harsh anti-Muslim rhetoric, defined the Trump presidential campaign, and does not contain the words “radical Islamic terror”, a set of Trump repeated Hillary Clinton criticized for the non-use during last year’s campaign.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.